This was one of my Best Paper Presentation.
Which I did last year, at Inter – Management competition held at PUMBA.
I think I was too young, to speak on this vast & controversial topic, but still I gave my best.
My paper was in favor of Free Software.
Yesterday when I just went through my paper, there were lot many thing which I did not agree today.
It happens many times – we hold an opinion about some thing at some time but as the time passes we change and our view points too, we do not agree to what we believed few days or years ago.
As a Student, I was right to promote Free Software. But as a Developer, if I keep my stand the same & if some one tells me to give away my source code free of cost, which I won’t ever, people will conclude “She does not believe in what ever she says”.Free Software doest speak of price it is all about liberty.
It gives us freedom :
- To run the software for any purpose.
- To access the Source Code.
- To Redistribute copies.
- To improve and release your own version.
Richard Stallman was the founder of Free Software Foundation. My research work on Free Software landed me up reading articles on & by Stallman. He was so clear in his though & strong at the point that “Proprietary Software has no future”
I was getting crazy about him. For 2 days I kept my topic aside and gathered details about him. Whom ever I met I just kept talking about his, and accidentally I did this with Abi my friend who studied at VIT Vellor. I felt J when he told me that he has met him when he had come down to his college for a seminar on Linux.
Ok, lets not loose the track………we were on Free vs Proprietary Software.
- Reduction in Number of clients.
- Lack of motivation to the Programmers.
- Software Society getting categorized.
Even still as of now there are companies like SuSE, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, etc. who are financially doing good on free software, but is everything they dish out truly free? (Lets not try answering this one)There are no free lunches and there will never be.
What I have decided is to work as a commercial programmer but will also start contributing toward Open Source.
Warning: Please don’t take this post as Sun vs Microsoft or Stallman vs Bill Gates.